President Nana Akufo Addo has, in his 14th address regarding measures taken to fight COVID-19, announced the reopening of tourist sites and attractions.
In a statement that was broadcast on multiple major TV and radio platforms and online on the night of 26 July, Nana Addo disclosed that the decision was arrived at in consultation with the Ghana Tourism Authority and the health experts.
“I am announcing the reopening of our nation’s tourist sites and attractions, so they can begin to receive visitors,” said Nana Addo.
“Open air drinking spots can now function. The management of these facilities are tasked to enforce enhanced hygiene and social distancing protocols. Beaches, pubs, cinemas and nightclubs, however, remain closed until further notice,” he added.
Nana Addo also assured that though the “virus is still raging,” the country, like the rest of the world is steadily appreciating that “COVID-19 is not a problem, which will go away on its own.”
The easing of restrictions which also affected religious gatherings and public transport arrives as part of a new phase of government’s strategy to contain the pandemic in the last five months.
In his address, Nana Addo also instructed a strict adherence of preventive health protocols prescribed by health experts to ensure a flattening of the curve.
The country’s borders remain closed.
He also announced the extension of incentive packages for health workers till September. Meanwhile, per Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghanaians are to enjoy free water supply for three more months. “Government is also extending free electricity supply to lifeline tariff customers until the end of the year. The Communication Service Tax has also been reduced from 9 percent to 5 percent, effective September 2020,” said Nana Addo.
In Ghana currently, the number of known cases of COVID-19 stands at 32,969 with 29,494 recoveries and 168 deaths.